Tuesday, May 31, 2011

I promise this is the last photo I'll show in the progress of this quilt until it's finished!!  LOL  I'm at exactly 80 blocks now and think there are plenty of the 'X' or cross blocks so will just concentrate on making 40 more 9 patches.  Think that will finish it off nicely and THEN see what kind of borders, if any, it needs.

Monday, May 30, 2011

I took my DGD over to my niece's last night.  My niece has a 'mini-farm' and DGD wanted to visit the chickens (her FAVORITES)!  I had cut up a watermelon for our Memorial Day get-together and saved the rind for the chickens..I never KNEW they ate anything and everything!!  They were so excited to see that watermelon.  As a bonus, we got two fresh eggs.  AWESOME!!

Here's one of the chickens attacking the watermelon we just gave her.
And a couple more members of the farm--the 'horse' is Radar and one of the turtles (Speedy, maybe?)..


Sunday, May 29, 2011

Remembering our war heros

I saw this on another blog and wanted to share it here.  Please remember what tomorrow's really about..not cookouts, swimming, boating or time with family.  That's all wonderful and a great way to spend the day.  But take at least a few moments to reflect--

Saturday, May 28, 2011

This is why I must leave part of my stash out on the kitchen table--my 'precious' needs a pillow for his little head.  HAHA  What a GOOF!

Friday, May 27, 2011

It's GROWING...but I still need a bunch more blocks.  Think I'll make it 10 by 12 and right now I have 61 blocks completed plus a few more cross blocks that aren't trimmed yet.  The unnamed blogger that got me started on this is Kathie over at Inspired by Antique Quilts.  She also has a quilt in the most recent issue of American Patchwork & Quilting.  Love that one, too!!  OH NO!!

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Well, I have yet another STALKER and it's not Judy this time.  My own DH informed me yesterday that I needed to update my blog as he was tired of looking at the 'old stuff'!!!  What the...?  I've been BUSY but not to the point of picture taking.  So anyway, THIS is what I did Monday night--

my #1 son and nephew and I drove up to OKC to see the Mavs take on the OKC Thunder.  It was a raucous, LOUD (can I say LOUD again?) arena and my eardrums were split multiple times during the evening.  But the Mavs overcame and got their 3rd win.  We left the arena about 11:30, made it to the house around 2:45 am, I rolled into bed around 3am and the alarm went off at 7am so that I could take my DGD to school.  That was a VERY short night!  I didn't try to take a nap, instead trying to get some things done.  And we had tickets TUES. night for the Rangers game.  That was the night we had rain, hail, tornadoes and probably other weather-related things going on.  We headed out to the ballpark (I was EXHAUSTED) and wound up leaving after the 3rd inning.  We stayed dry but the hail got us on the way home.  THAT game was rain-delayed and when they finally resumed, it was real late.  The game was over around 1:30am and they LOST!!!  Glad I didn't stick around for that one!

So thought I better show you one of the things I've been working on.  Another blogger was showing HER quilt like this and I just HAD to start it, dontcha know?  This is from Betsy Chutchian's book "Gone to Texas".  I've had it since it first came out and have a few pages bookmarked but hadn't started anything. 

I LOVE the cross block and use it when making the Home of the Brave quilts as well as the Quilts of Valor.  This one is 1/2 the size I normally make at 6 1/2".  Not sure how big I'll wind up making it but probably bed-sized as I like to have quilts that can actually be used.

And last but not least, a gratuitous cat pix.  Don't let the looks fool you--he can be MEAN!!  But usually to non-family members (although he absolutely DETESTS DGD!! LOL).  I was trying to get a good photo of his beautiful blue eyes.  Turned out pretty good, methinks.

OK, back to work!

Friday, May 20, 2011

We played tourist a little today and visited the home of President Benjamin Harrison, our 23rd president.  It was very interesting and a lovely home.


The front of the house and the LARGE red maple out in front.


The first photo is a crazy quilt that was on his daughter's bed (I think) and the 2nd was made by the ladies of a church and give to the president (don't remember whose bed it was on).  There was no flash photography so some of the photos are dark...sorry.


This was the crazy quilt on the president's bed and one up close photo of a shield in the quilt.


Just a couple of pretty flowers pictures from the grounds of the house.

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Well, SHOOT, I am SO MAD!  I'm a really bad photojournalist! LOL  I stopped at the CUTEST quilt shop today in Lafayette, IN.  It's in an old church and was really neat looking from the outside.  So I stopped and took a couple of pix of the pretty flowers AND a picture of the quilt shop.  Guess which one DIDN'T turn out?  You guessed it.  SOO I had to steal a photo from their website..and when I DID, I noticed the shop's for SALE!!  So here's your chance to live your dream if you've ever wanted to own a quilt shop.  HA  And here's the picture

and here are the beautiful flowers


And, while I was waiting on my son, I noticed the coolest 'graffiti' on the back side of a liquor store.  I had to take pictures--



I was trying to remember the name of the masked horse character and couldn't remember.  Asked DH and he came up with it right away.  Can YOU?!!

Monday, May 16, 2011

Today was our monthly quiltsitters meeting so you know what that means, right?!!  SHOW & TELL!!!  Don't wanna make you wait.




The first two on the left side are what we did as a 'non'-mystery in our group.  I BARELY started mine and stalled.  Mine was going to be fall colors..we'll see if I ever get back to it.  But it's really cool.  Then Bonnie's quilt that looks like a crocheted afghan is BEAUTIFUL.  The others are wonderful also.  I'm just amazed at what all people get accomplished.  I need to get more done!!

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Bloggers Quilt Festival

I think I did this last year or the year before (but definitely only once before) and I KNOW I love looking at everyone's beautiful creations!  So decided I'd share again.  I actually posted this a few months ago when Mary over at Quilt Hollow had quilted one for a customer and I commented to her that I'd made one just like it.  She asked to see a picture of it and I obliged.


This is one of my most FAVORITE quilts and knew the minute I saw it in the magazine that I HAD to make it!!
I love it and the longarmer did a splendiferous job.

Thanks, Amy, for once again hosting the online quilt festival so that we can get even more items to add to our bucket list!!  LOL
I am pretty excited this morning!!  I get to take a workshop with KIM DIEHL!!!  How I LOVE her designs and drool over them while browsing through "Simple Comforts", "Simple Graces" and the other (can't remember the name since it's not right here in front of me!!).  The Quilter's Guild of East Texas is hosting Kim next month and had to add an additional workshop so I got in!  YAY!!  They JUST had Bonnie Hunter (when you read about her SCARY flight, that's where she was headed) and absolutely loved her..but then what's not to love with Bonnie.  I think they will equally love Kim.  I know I will.

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

I've had several pieces of fabric set aside for quite some time now to make pillowcases.  I FINALLY decided to start working on them and wound up getting 8 made today!  YAY!!  Half are patriotic and half are not.  Not sure yet where the non-patriotics will go (most likely the battered women's shelter) but I think I'll include the patriotics with the next box of QOVs I send to Alycia.  She just emailed earlier today that she'd received the box I sent about a week ago--it's always a relief to know they made it safe and sound!!

Monday, May 9, 2011

 Judy B. never fails to harrass me if the content on my blog isn't updated at LEAST every 27.5 hours!!  LOL  Just KIDDING.  But it has been awhile and that's almost always because I've gotten VERY little done (at least to a point where I have anything to show!!).  So just to get Judy off my case, here's a LITTLE something new.  Some beautiful lilies blooming in my yard.  And then I did manage to get the 2nd in our newest BOM series done.  Don't know if I mentioned last month but these will all be stars and my chosen colorway is tan and red.

And over at Sew Cal Gal's blog is a challenge for blocks that will be made into Quilts Of Valor.  There are some FABULOUS prizes that will be awarded for various and sundry things all to benefit a terrific cause.  Hope you'll take a peek and consider donating a block, blocks, maybe even a top or completed quilt.  Our servicemen and women deserve it for SURE!!

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

It got chilly here a couple of nights ago (after many, many days in the 70's & 80's) and, of course, I'd long ago removed extra blankies from my bed.  Soo, with the temps going down into the 40's, there came a need for extra warmth to snuggle under.  While in my closet looking for a quilt to temporarily serve the purpose, I came across an old friend I hadn't seen in awhile.  I really like this pattern from Pat Sloan and love the way it turned out.  But it definitely shows why quilts need to be refolded from time to time to prevent permanent creases in them!!  I also wondered why the longarmer didn't do any quilting in the green border--kinda poufs a little there.